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Animal Law

A guide to resources available online and in the library on the law surrounding pets and service animals, wild animals, wild game, and livestock.

Service Animals

Texas and Federal Law

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas code and federal law that govern service animals. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to view the “plain English” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Federal Agency Regulations

Below you will find references to Federal rules and regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) relating to service animals. These rules and regulations are established by Federal agencies and have the force of law.

Explained in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."

Housing, Workplace, Travel, etc.

These resources address the rights of those with service animals and emotional support animals in specific situations.

E-Books Available from the State Law Library

This e-book contains information on service animals. E-books can be viewed by those who have signed up for a free library account with the State Law Library. Only Texas residents are eligible to sign up. Signing up is free.

Who Can I Contact?

These organizations may be able to provide assistance to those with service animals or may be able to accept complaints about potentially unlawful behavior.